The Judgment of Aleppo

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 28.09.2016
PARIS – We must halt the massacre in Aleppo. Whatever the cost, we must stop the massive, random, indiscriminate bombings – and, worst of all, the discriminate ones aimed chiefly at civilians, humanitarian convoys, and hospitals – that the...

Trump Through Russian Eyes

by Nina L. Khrushcheva Added 27.09.2016
NEW YORK – I am an American, Moscow-born. And because of that, my Americanness, unlike that of Saul Bellow’s Augie March, once triggered something of a national debate back in Russia. In some places, school textbooks asked students whether it...

Trump struggles in first debate with Clinton – will it cost him?

by Adam Quinn Added 27.09.2016
The big question going into the first debate of the presidential election was whether Donald Trump would decide to tone down the cartoonish, belligerent alpha male shtick that has carried him this far. The debate gave him an opportunity to...

Why is the US Presidential Race So Close?

by Elizabeth Drew Added 26.09.2016
WASHINGTON, DC – Many people around the world are probably wondering why Hillary Clinton – who is obviously more prepared and better suited for the American presidency than her opponent, Donald Trump – isn’t waltzing to victory. Many Americans...

Desperate Central Bankers

by Stephen S. Roach Added 26.09.2016
"Central bankers desperately want the public to believe that they know what they are doing. Nothing could be further from the truth."  NEW HAVEN – The final day of the summer marked the start of yet another season of futile policymaking by two...

Why a Vote for a Third Party Cannot be an Option for Progressives

by Robert Creamer Added 24.09.2016
A small but significant group of Americans is considering casting their vote this fall for a third-party “protest” candidate.  Some are thinking they may not vote at all.  They say they don’t like any candidate enough to vote so they will “sit...

Voting for a Better US Political System

by Jeffrey Frankel Added 24.09.2016
CAMBRIDGE – The American political train has gone off the rails, and it seems farther than ever from getting back on track. There has been a lot of finger pointing, with commentators blaming issues like gerrymandering, rising economic...

Turning Off the Dividend Spigot

by Viral Acharya, Diane Pierret, and Sascha Steffen Added 24.09.2016
NEW YORK – European banks’ high litigation and restructuring costs have resulted in major losses on their books and abysmal stock-market performance. As the industry and European regulators now reflect on this dismal state of affairs and search...

The Coming Anti-National Revolution

by Robert J. Shiller Added 20.09.2016
"Oppression thrives on distance, on not actually meeting or seeing the oppressed." NEW HAVEN – For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These...

China’s Zero Sum Vision Of The World

by Daniel Wagner Added 17.09.2016
The emergence of a new global power has often profoundly shifted the geopolitical landscape and caused considerable discomfort among the established order. China’s economic and political resurgence is doing that, but apart from the inevitable...

‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 16.09.2016
Senator Bernie Sanders’ call during the primaries for a new approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on-point and necessary. However, his plea for the US to adopt a policy of even-handedness in dealing with Israel and the...

Who Has Space for Renewables?

by Adair Turner Added 15.09.2016
[For instance] "If South Korea..... tried to meet all its energy needs with wind power, it would have to cover its entire land area with wind farms."  LONDON – This summer, an electrical power auction in Chile attracted successful bids by wind...

Trump’s Emotional Intelligence Deficit

by Joseph S. Nye Added 07.09.2016
CAMBRIDGE – Last month, 50 former national security officials who had served at high levels in Republican administrations from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush published a letter saying they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee,...

Taking Trump Seriously About NATO

by Jacek Rostowski Added 06.09.2016
WARSAW – A Donald Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for NATO and the West. Aside from threatening to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement and to start a trade war with China, Trump praises Russian...

All the President’s Little Men

by Andrei Kolesnikov Added 06.09.2016
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has been methodically purging his closest and longest-serving advisers. The latest – but surely not the last – victim is Sergei Ivanov, a former KGB operative (like Putin himself) and defense minister...

The Case Against Cash

by Kenneth Rogoff Added 06.09.2016
CAMBRIDGE – The world is awash in paper currency, with major country central banks pumping out hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth each year, mainly in very large denomination notes such as the $100 bill. The $100 bill accounts for almost 80%...

Brexit and the Future of Europe

by Jean Pisani-Ferry Added 01.09.2016
PARIS – No one yet knows when the United Kingdom will present an agenda for negotiating its withdrawal from the European Union. But it is already clear that Brexit will reshape the map of Europe. And, especially given Britain’s stunning...

How to Fight Secular Stagnation

by Michael Spence Added 31.08.2016
MILAN – Much of the world, especially the advanced economies, has been mired in a pattern of slow and declining GDP growth in recent years, causing many to wonder whether this is becoming a semi-permanent condition – so-called “secular...

Global Growth – Still Made in China

by Stephen S. Roach Added 31.08.2016
NEW HAVEN – Despite all the hand-wringing over the vaunted China slowdown, the Chinese economy remains the single largest contributor to world GDP growth. For a global economy limping along at stall speed – and most likely unable to withstand a...

May’s Day

by Chris Patten Added 31.08.2016
LONDON – Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, has a monumental task ahead of her: fulfilling British – or, more accurately, English and Welsh – voters’ demand to “Brexit” the European Union, and managing the far-reaching consequences of...
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